August 10, 2016

LP: Pity Party - Gnarbage

Getting gnarly with Pity Party.

I'm going to start out by admitting that I love My Chemical Romance. You won't find any strong feelings about all the 2004 scene-y emo stuff here, but I can't deny the fact that I listened to The Black Parade about a thousand times in a row when I was younger. I know, I know, that is the album that poser MCR fans list off first. Hate to break it to you, but I am a poser. A poser writing a music review. A long time ago, loving this band was a suitable offense, but I'm not quite sure what the kids are saying about them these days. When I first listened to Pity Party's Gnarbage, my knee-jerk reaction was a flashback to the early aughts, playing shows at the local roller derby or VFW that had ten bands on the bill. Most of those bands would not be that great, a few were awful. One of them would be memorable, explosive, and know exactly what they were doing. That one band would have been Pity Party. 

Pity Party's latest album Gnarbage has everything from the palm muted guitar verses to the soaring chorus. You can find tight drums, awesome lyrics, and hooks on hooks on hooks on hooks on hooks. The vocals are not your average run-of-the-mill poppy, scene stuff. Pity Party is far from instrumental masturbation as they boast strong songwriting throughout the entirety of the LP. The standout track is the album closer and titular track, “Gnarbage.” This song is anthemic, upbeat, fast, and although the lyrics are not available on their Bandcamp, there is a gang vocal chant of “I am not enough.” This line brings to mind an entire army of “kinda-punks,” all with their various anxieties and problems, who might feel incapable or worthless when alone. It's great to experience the feeling of knowing that somewhere out there, there are folks who are going through what I am going through. And somewhere out there are other members of the D.I.Y. punk scene who will also admit to loving My Chemical Romance.


Listen to Pity Party on bandcamp.

Ruune is an ex-nomadic performer/current village witch living in New England. You can find their twitter during some moon phases at @ruunemagick.